NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!

If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, you might want to make a side trip to one of Japan’s best kept secrets! Nagano Prefecture, besides having the most accessible snow resort in Japan, is surrounded by sought after attractions like the famed 400-year-old Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple and the cute wild snow monkeys! Here are 10 reasons why Nagano … Continue reading NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!

SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!

This is the lake from Kimi no Na wa! While the lake is fictional in the movie, it is based on Lake Suwa, a body of water in the central region of Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Lake Suwa, located in the middle of the city, is one of Japan’s most famous lakes. It is known for … Continue reading SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!

LAMPARA Poblacion: What this Modern Filipino Bistro Really Tastes Like (Review)

Lampara Restaurant, in Brgy. Poblacion, Makati, is a Neo-Filipino Bistro by Chèf Rj Ramos (Samar), Chèf Alfonse Sotero (Iloilo) and Chèf Prince Tan (Nueva Ecija). These chef-owners are young graduates of Enderun and the deliciously hip Hey Handsome. Its name was inspired by fire and the passion of these chefs to push the Filipino dining scene forward in … Continue reading LAMPARA Poblacion: What this Modern Filipino Bistro Really Tastes Like (Review)

MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!

Matsumoto is famed as one of Japan’s great sightseeing spots! It’s Nagano Prefecture’s second largest city, home to the oldest and most beautiful castle in Japan and a gateway to the Japan Alps that’s known for its winter activities and hot springs. Here are the top 10 activities we recommend to complete your Matsumoto City … Continue reading MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!

Wandererland Fest 2019: Magical 2-Day Experience!

https://flic.kr/p/2fasa8Q On the celebration of its seventh year, Wanderland continued to exceed our expectations as they gave us another memorable year in the music and arts scene. This year, they made it bigger and better by making it a 2-day festival. Headlined by Two Door Cinema Club on day 1 and The Kooks on day … Continue reading Wandererland Fest 2019: Magical 2-Day Experience!

MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!

https://flic.kr/p/2f9YtEe It’s Japan’s oldest castle! Matsumoto Castle is one of the five castles designated as National Treasures of Japan. It’s over 400 years old, making it the oldest castle donjon remaining in the country.  Unlike many palaces in Japan, its original structure was, fortunately, not bombed during WWII. That’s why it was able to keep most of its original wooden donjons and walls intact. … Continue reading MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!

HUI LAU SHAN: Opens in the Philippines!

Hong Kong’s mango dessert expert Hui Lau Shan opens its Philippine flagship store in SM Megamall on March 23! Hui Lau Shan 許留山 is a household name in Hong Kong globally known for their 200+ innovative dessert creations and refreshments using Philippine carabao mangoes. The first store started as a traditional herbal tea shop in the … Continue reading HUI LAU SHAN: Opens in the Philippines!

Good France (Goût de France): Guide to French Gastronomy Festival in Manila!

Good France (Goût de France) is a gastronomic festival celebrating the inclusion of the “Gastronomic Meal of the French” in the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010. First launched by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and renowned chef Alain Ducasse in 2015, the festival is now on its 5th edition. Twenty-six … Continue reading Good France (Goût de France): Guide to French Gastronomy Festival in Manila!

Machu Picchu to Patagonia: A Latin American Journey

Top Places to Travel in 2019 Series We started my hubby’s 40th birthday trip in Peru. It was a long way to get to from the Philippines given that we first flew to Los Angeles (16 hrs) then stayed a few days before flying to Peru (10 hours). Since this was our first time going … Continue reading Machu Picchu to Patagonia: A Latin American Journey

Bench Cafe 2.0: Halo Halo and the Best of Bench Cafe!

Bench Cafe is the “Love Local” Filipino Cafe of the Bench fashion house in partnership with Foodee Global Concepts. It specializes in Bench-to, a Filipino Bento version, and Halo-Halo plus merienda specialties. Their flagship store is in Bonifacio High Street, and they recently opened their version 2.0 in Greenbelt 3. Here is the best of Bench … Continue reading Bench Cafe 2.0: Halo Halo and the Best of Bench Cafe!